Personal Mission Statement

You now have thought about meaning, and motivation, and some of your personality style. It’s a chance to list firstly what you want to change and then create a one-page summary of who you will be. If you have issues to deal with – substance abuse, relationship problems etc. this is the chance to define your new you.

Firstly, let’s go back to the wheel of life, and look at your week. How much time each week do you spend on each of these items. The total should add up to 168 hours. Sleep is included in the list. Think about how much sleep you actually have each night and how much you need. Different people need different amounts, so the answer is not automatically 8 hours.

  Time spent now Time spent in the future What do you want to change?
Sleep / Rest
Living Environment
Family (& kids)

Now we can complete this section and build your personal mission statement. The summary should be a couple of sentences at the most

Ask yourself:

  • How do you want to make a difference?
  • What would you like your contribution to other be?
  • What impact do you have on the wider world?
  • How would you like to be remembered when you die?

(Ready, et al., 2004)

  Complete the sentence… So, what do I need to change?

For what / Whom
“what are you here for?”

I am on this earth to…




Who are you?
I can’t do it here”

I am …



Values and Beliefs

“I can’t do it here”

I believe …



Capabilities and Skills

“I can’t do it here”

I am strong at …

“I can’t do it here”

I normally act …

Where / When / With whom”

“I can’t do it here

In this place and people …

Now summarise this into a single paragraph of your mission in life

My Mission Statement (your purpose)


Are you willing to take the next step? Then let’s do one last exercise before moving to the next topic.

Are you ready to make the change?

(From Michael Pantalon, Instant Influence)

As yourself these questions think about the outcome you are trying to achieve and what’s the main thing you want to change

What do you want to change?
On a scale of 1-10 how motivated are you to change?
Why did you not give it a lower number?
What would be the benefit to you if you made these changes?
What is the next step you are willing to do right now?

I would not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum

Frances Willard


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